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Test Preparation Study Guide

Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources/Office of Mines and Minerals

Coal Mine Electrician Certification


Table of contents

Preface-page 3-4

Formulas-page 5

Blank-page 6

Basic Electricity-pages 7-10

DC Theory and Application-pages 11-50

AC Electricity-pages 51-84

AC Theory and Application-pages 84-105

Blank-page 106

Electric Circuits and equipment-pages 107-139

Blank-page 140

Electric Circuits and Equipment-pages 141-172

Permissibility of Electric Equipment-pages 173-198

30 CFR Part 75 and 77-pages 199-211


30 CFR-Part 77- page 213-226

Federal Law –page 240-264

National Electrical Code-page 265-



The Code of Federal Regulations, under authority of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety
Act of 1969 states that “all electrical equipment shall be frequently examined, tested, and
properly maintained by a qualified person to insure safe operating conditions.” An individual
may become qualified as an underground coal mine electrician as indicated below:

(225 ILCS 705/40.1 new)
Sec. 40.1. Mine electrician. Each applicant for a certificate of competency as mine electrician
shall produce evidence of at least one year of experience in performing electrical work in a coal
mine or acceptable related industry. The applicant shall pass an examination as to his or her
practical and technical knowledge of the nature and properties of electricity, direct and
alternating currents, electrical equipment and circuits, permissibility of electrical equipment, the
National Electrical Code, and the laws of this State relating to coal mine electricity. To be
eligible for taking a mine electrician examination administered by the State Mining Board, the
applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:
(1) be classified as an apprentice mine electrician and have met the requirements for an
(2) possess a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and provide evidence of
(3) possess a current coal mine electrician certification from another state coal mine
electrical program; or
(4) be qualified as a mine electrician, but have not taken a State-approved coal mine
electrician examination or a federal coal mine electrician examination.
"Qualified mine electrician" means an individual who has completed the required
classroom instruction from an approved college or university and can produce evidence
of at least one year of experience in performing electrical work in a coal mine or
acceptable related industry.

(225 ILCS 705/40.2 new)
Sec. 40.2. Electrical equipment and systems; examination, testing, and maintenance. All
electrical equipment and systems shall be frequently examined and tested and properly
maintained by a mine electrician to ensure safe operating conditions. When a potentially
dangerous condition is found in electrical equipment or an electrical system, the equipment or
system shall be removed from service until the condition is corrected. A record of the
examinations shall be kept and made available to the company, the State Mine Inspector, and all
other persons interested.

This study guide has been prepared for the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources/Office of Mines
and Minerals specifically to provide guidance for those individuals who desire to prepare
themselves for State &Federal qualifications as mine electricians by taking the IDNR/OMM.
Coal Mine Electrician Examination. This study guide is not intended to serve as the sole source
of preparation, but rather as a tool toward that end.

The study guide is divided into sections for each testing category for underground and surface
coal mine electrician qualification. The specific sections are listed below. A set of typical
examination questions are provided for each section. Also, in each category an outline is
provided which gives topics that are to be tested on in the category.

Test #1 - DC Theory and Application

Test #2- AC Theory and Application

Test #3 - Electric Circuits and Equipment

Test #4- Permissibility of Electric Equipment

Test #5- 75 (Underground)

Test#6-30 CFR Part 77 (Surface)

Test #7- National Electric Code

Test #8-Arc Flash and Illinois Law





This study guide is only to prepare you to take the State Examination

for the Illinois Mine Electrical Card. At the present time MSHA
accepts the state examination in order to receive the Federal

Qualification Card. You should already have some training in some

mining area in electricity in order to take the test. This study guide will
not make you an electrician.


In order to successfully complete the state examination you must have
some knowledge of basic electricity. You do not have to be an Electrical
Engineer but you must have at least a minimum of knowledge of basic

Electricity is the movement of electrons. As you were taught in school
everything that is matter in the universe is made up of atoms. An atom
is basically like the sun with the planets revolving around it. The atom
consists of a core with protons and neutrons with electrons orbiting
around the core. Protons are charged positive and the electrons are
charged negative. Neutrons have no charge. If an atom has more
electrons than protons we say in electricity that it has a negative charge.
If the atom has more protons than neutrons it is charged positive. If the
number of protons and electrons are the same the atom is stable or with
no charge.

All of us have played with permanent magnets as children. We say they
have a north pole and south pole. The opposite poles attract and similar
poles repel. This basically how the charges in electricity work. The
positive and negative charges attract one another. The amount of
attraction is called difference in potential.

If a material consists of atoms that have electrons that are easily
displaced from the atom, this material can make a good conductor for
electricity. Gold, silver, copper, and aluminum are examples of good
conductors. However it is too expensive to use gold, silver, etc to make
wiring; most conductors or wires are made of copper or aluminum.
Good conductors must have a low coefficient of expansion (will not
stretch a great amount when around heat) and be flexible.

If the material consists of atoms that have electrons that are hard to
displace, this material makes a good insulator (rubber, plastic, glass,

Some materials are constructed so they are good conductors at times
and at times they are poor conductors. These type of blended materials
are called semi-conductors (diodes, SCRs, etc.)

Electrons want to find themselves a home where they have a mate. In
other words they want to go to an atom that has a positive charge or
more protons than electrons. The only way they can get there is to
travel inside some type of conductor. When an electron enters a


conductor one leaves the other end. The electron that enters hits one

and it in turn jumps to the next atom dislodges one and he goes on until
the end of conductor is reached and one gets to the atom that is
attracting. A very simple illustration is to imagine a pipe full of marbles
with the pipe being the conductor and the marbles electrons. When you
push one in another falls out the other end; this is movement of
electrons or electricity flowing.

We must have a way of measuring electron flow. Electrons are invisible
to the eye and are very, very minute particles but they have tremendous
energy. We use the term coulomb to establish an amount of electrons.
In other words how many they are. If we could place them in a bucket
or pail we could say we had so many coulombs of electrons in the
bucket. One coulomb of electrons is 6,280,000,000,000,000,000
electrons. You never hear anyone say that motor is pulling 500
coulombs per second. In electricity if we want to know how much
current something is pulling we say amps. Amps are when the electrons
are flowing and a measurement of this. If one coulomb of electrons pass
a point flowing in a conduct in one second we say we have a current
flow of one ampere. Current flow is measured in amps and for the
purpose of this examination we will use the symbol I for current flow.

In order for the electrons to flow they must have a conductor and must
have a reason to want to move. We said earlier they want to go where
needed or where there is a lack of electrons. If they are not needed they
will not move. So we must have a difference in potential or unlike
charges, some type of electromotive force (EMF), or pressure to have
current flow(electron movement). In electricity we use the term voltage
to indicate this force. Anytime you see the words electromotive force,
EMF, pressure, or difference in potential this is voltage. Voltage is
measured in volts. The electrical symbol we will use for this
examination is E. A difference in potential or electricity can be made in
a lot of different ways. Through chemical energy of batteries,
generators, photo cells, rubbing some materials together,
thermocouples, pressure applied to a crystal are some of the ways a
voltage can be created.

All conductors and materials do not have the same freedom for
electrons to move within themselves. Some materials etc hold back
electrons and does not allow them to move as fast through the conductor
or material. This resists movement. Anything that opposes current
flow is known as resistance. The symbol R designates the resistance in
the material or circuit.

We have now discussed Voltage, Current Flow and Resistance. There is
a relationship in an electrical circuit of the above terms. A man by the
name of Ohms discovered this relationship and we call it ohms law. It
simply states that it takes one volt of pressure to push one amp of
current through one ohm of resistance. To express in symbols it is
E = I x R. The above statement appears to be very simple and it is. But
you will determine later on when working problems you really don’t
understand what it is saying. Once you grasp what ohms law really
means you will not have any trouble working any DC problem.

Another area we need to discuss is Power. You can have voltage and
resistance but until electrons start flowing no power is being used.
Visualize a car sitting still in a room and you have a person available to
push it. The person has the ability to push so much (voltage) and to
move the car you must overcome the resistance (resistance). You have
both voltage and resistance but are using no power because the car is
not moving. So in order to use power in an electrical circuit you must
have electron flow. Once the car starts moving you are utilizing power
or energy. The electrical symbol we shall use for this examination is P.
Power is measured in watts.

If you move 33,000 lbs one foot in one minute you have used one
horsepower. In electricity we measure power in watts. If we are using
one watt of power we are moving one ampere of electricity with a force
of one volt. We use the following formula to calculate watts in a circuit:
P = E x I.

To convert horsepower to watts or watts to horsepower: There are 746
watts of electrical power in one horsepower. 1HP = 746 watts

When a current flows through a wire it develops a magnetic field
around the wire. If the current is reversed through the wire the
magnetic field builds up in the opposite direction. This principle is very
important in electricity. It is what makes motors, transformers, etc
perform as they do.

Also if we pass a wire through a magnetic field it will cause current flow
through the wire.

Electromagnetism is the effect of a magnetic field being built up around
a wire or coil of wire by passing current through the coil or wire.





DC Theory and Application Outline

A. Definitions
1. Semiconductors
2. Electric Current
3. Direct Current
4. Conventional Current Flow
5. Electronic Current Flow
6. Voltage
7. Electromagnetism
8. Rectifier
9. Diode
B. Ohm’s Laws
1. Applied to Series DC Circuits
a. Total circuit current
b. Total circuit resistance
c. Voltage drop across each series resistor
2. Applied to Parallel DC Circuits
a. Total circuit current
b. Equivalent or total circuit resistance
c. Voltage drop across each parallel resistor
C. Power Formula
1. Total power consumed by the circuit
a. Series circuits
b. Parallel circuits
2. Power dissipated by individual resistors
a. Series circuits
b. Parallel circuits
D. Battery Connections and Resulting Voltage
1. Series
2. Parallel
3. Series-Parallel
E. DC Motors
1. Operating characteristics of various types of DC motors
a. Series
b. Shunt
c. Compound
2. Connections of various types of DC motors
a. Series
b. Shunt
c. Compound
3. Typical symptoms of low voltage applied to DC motors
4. Methods of changing the rotation of DC motors
F. DC Equipment Grounding Methods (Shuttle Cars)
1. Diode
2. Third wire (separate frame ground conductor)
G. DC Motor HP to KW Conversion
1. 0.746 KW = 1 HP
2. 746 W = 1 HP



Theory of Magnetism

Modern theory attributes magnetism to the motion of electrons within the atom, for it is known that
moving electron constitutes an electric current and that an electric current produces a magnetic
effect. One may think of a magnetic material as being made up of many very small magnets. When
an un-magnetized magnetic material is place in a magnetic field, these small magnets aligned
themselves in a definite direction as the intensity of the field is increased, and magnetic poles of
increasing strength are produced in the substance. The multitude of tiny magnets are lined up so
that all the north poles face one direction and all of the south poles in the opposite direction. Thus
the billions of millions of individual molecular magnets, because they all face the same direction,
aid one another in creating a strong magnetic field.

Iron and steel can be made to attract other pieces of iron and steel. This attraction is known as
magnetism. The bar magnet shown below has a north and a south end just as the earth has a North
and a South pole, in fact the earth can be considered as just a big magnet.

If two bar magnets are placed with a North end and a South end as shown below, they will attract
each other.

If they are placed with either the North ends or South ends together they will repel each other.

These are permanent magnets and are made out of hard steel. Iron and steel can be magnetized.
Other metals that can be magnetized slightly are nickel and cobalt. Temporary magnets are made of
soft iron. Most other materials are non-magnetic and cannot be magnetized. Copper cannot be
magnetized. Electromagnets are made by winding coils of wire around soft iron. When an electric
current flows through the wire the soft iron will become strongly magnetized. When the current
stops flowing the iron will lose its magnetism.


Magnetic Fields

Magnets exert a pull on each other even though they are not touching. The space around the
magnets in which this magnetic push or pull exists is known as a magnetic field.

Lines of Force

This magnetic field may be represented by lines of force. We assume that these lines of force flow
from the North end of magnet to the South end of a magnet. These lines of force are just an easy
way to show on paper how a magnetic field is formed and where the magnetic field is weaker and
where it is stronger. These lines of force are usually called flux of magnetic flux.

Field Strength

The number of flux lines and how close together they are shows the field strength or flux density of
a magnetic field. Notice that the flux density is much higher in the iron than in the air around the
magnet. This shows though the flux density can be increased if an iron path is used instead of air.
Although the lines of force will go through air, cardboard or any other material, the magnetic field
will be much weaker than when it is in iron.

Magnetic Fields Around Electrical Conductors

Every conductor that has as electrical current flowing through it will produce a circular magnetic
field around the conductor.

How far out the field will extend and how great the flux densities will depend on how much current
or how many amps are flowing in the wire. The greater the amps the greater or more intense the
magnetic field will be.

A straight current carrying conductor has no poles. If the wire is formed in a coil it produces a
magnetic field that looks similar to a magnet.

If a piece of soft iron is put in the center of the coil, or solenoid as it is usually called, the magnetic
lines of force can travel through the iron much easier and a more intense magnetic field is formed.
This is an electromagnet. The strength of the electromagnet is determined by its ampere-turns, that
is the number of turns of wire times the amount if current going through the wire.

The most important application of magnetic fields is in the operation of motors and generators. If
we move a conductor across a magnetic field rapidly and at right angles to the lines of flux, we will
generate a voltage in the conductor. The more lines of flux that are cut per second by the conductor
the greater will be the “induced voltage” in the conductor. This is the basic principle in the
generation of electricity.



A direct-current (d-c) circuit is the starting place for the analysis of electrical circuits since it is the
most basic and most simple circuit encountered. Let us begin this discussion by considering the
simple d-c circuit shown in figure 4.1.

Figure 4.1. – A simple d-c circuit

The circuit consists of a source of electromotive force (voltage) –a battery in this case- that is
designated by E, and a resistance (R) or load connected to the thermals of the voltage source. The
resistance (R) may represent an actual resistor or some electrical device (called a load), such as a
lamp, a toaster, or an electric iron, from which useful work is obtained. We also have connected a
switch (S) into the circuit, to permit opening or closing the circuit.

As long as the switch is in the up or open position (shown dotted), there is no complete path for
current to flow and we have what is known as an open circuit. As soon as the switch is placed in
the down or closed position (shown solid), a complete, unbroken pathway (closed circuit) is formed
through which an electric current (I) may flow. Electron current then flows from the negative (-)
terminal of the battery, through the resistor and switch, and back to the positive (+) terminal of the
battery. The switch, resistor, and connecting wires are known as the external circuit. Current also
flows in an internal circuit, from the positive to the negative terminal inside the battery, thus
completing the electrical path. The current flow will continue as long as the switch remains closed
and as long as the voltage always flows in the same direction. The circuit is known as a direct-
current (d-c) circuit. Direct current flows in only one direction and has constant magnitude.

George Simon Ohm discovered in 1827 that current (I) flowing in such a d-c circuit is directly
proportional to the applied voltage (E) and inversely proportional to the resistance of the circuit.
Putting this statement, known as Ohm’s Law, into mathematical form, we obtain:

Current = EMF (voltage)
Or using symbols:

I (amperes) = E (volts)
R (ohms)

E = IR ; R= E


Whenever an electric current flows through a resistance, electric power is expended in the form of
heat. Electric current in the d-c circuit case is numerically equal to the voltage (volts) times the


current (amperes). This relationship is expressed below using symbols. The symbol for power is P
and the unit of measurement is the watt (w).

Power = Current x Voltage

P (watts) = I (amps) x E (volts)

This equation can also be expressed in the following forms:

P = I

P = E


Factors Affecting Resistance

The amount of current an electrical conductor can carry is dependent on its resistance. The
resistance of a wire depends upon the following:

1. Length; as the length increases, the resistance will increase proportionally.
2. Cross section; as the diameter increases, this means an increase in the area of cross section,
the resistance will decrease.
3. Temperature; as the temperature increases, the resistance also increases.
4. The type of material also affects resistance.



The movement of electrons through a conductor is called current. The number of electrons which
passes a given point in one second determines the magnitude of the current. The unit of
measurement of the current is the ampere and it is measured with an ammeter. The symbol for
current is I.


Opposition to the flow of current through a conductor is called resistance. The unit of measurement
of resistance is the ohm and it is measured with an ohmmeter. The symbol for resistance is the
Greek letter, Omega ( Ω ).


The external force which causes (or tends to cause) the current to flow through a conductor is called
electromotive force (emf). The unit of measurement of electromotive force is the volt and it is
measured with a voltmeter. The symbol for electromotive force is E.



The rate of current flow (in amperes) is equal to the electromotive force (in volts) divided by the
resistance in ohms.

I= E

R= E

E = IxR


Force is that which tends to produce motion, a change in motion, or a change in the shape of matter.


When a force overcomes a resistance and causes motion, work is done. Regardless of the force
exerted, if no motion results there is no work done.


Power is the rate at which work is done. Electric power is numerically equal to the voltage in volts
times the current in amperes.



The unit of measurement of power is the watt. The symbol for power is P and the symbol for watt
is W. One mechanical horse power is equal to 746 watts.


A series circuit is one in which the resistances or other electrical devices are connected end to end
so the same current flows in each part of the circuit.


1. In a series circuit, the total resistance is the sum of the individual resistances.
2. In a series circuit, the same current flows in each part of the circuit.
3. In a series circuit, the sum of the voltage drops across each individual circuit element is
equal to the applied voltage.


A parallel circuit is one in which the current may flow in more than one path.


1. In a parallel circuit the total or equivalent resistance is equal to the applied voltage
divided by the total current.
2. In a parallel circuit, the voltage is the same across each branch of the circuit.


3. In a parallel circuit, the sum of the currents flowing up to a point equals the sum of the
currents flowing away.


A short circuit occurs when two conductors of different potential contact each other.


Consist of groups of parallel circuit elements in series with other circuit elements.


The term ground, which actually means the earth, is used to describe a reference for voltage
measurements and a point of common return from one side of circuit components to that same side
of the power source.


1. Definition:

Ohm’s law states the current in a circuit is equal to the electromotive force in that circuit
divided by the resistance of the circuit when the temperature is kept constant.

2. Formula:
or E = I x R or R=E
I = Current in amps
E = Voltage drop in volts
R = Resistance in ohms

3. Basic Relationships

The current increases as the voltage drop increases, the resistance being held constant.

The current decreases as the resistance increases, the voltage drop being held constant.


In series circuits the current (I) has the same value anywhere in the circuit.

I = I
= I
= I

In series circuits the equivalent resistance of a group of resistors is equal to the sum of
their individual resistances.

= R
+ R
+ R
+ …



In parallel circuits the potential drop is the same across all the resistors.

V = V
= V
= V
= …

In parallel circuits the reciprocal of the equivalent circuit resistance is equal the sum of the
reciprocals of the individual resistances; therefore the group resistance of the parallel circuit is less
than the smallest individual resistance in the circuit.

1 = 1














Direct Current Theory and Application

1. Which of the following is an incorrect form of Ohm’s Law?
a. E = IR
b. R = I/E
c. I = E/R
d. R =E/I

2. The outer shell of electrons in an atom is called the:
a. Covalent shell
b. Valence shell
c. Negative shell
d. Molecular orbit

3. Which of the following is a means of producing electricity?
a. Friction
b. Heat
c. Magnetism
d. All of the above

4. Two 45 Ω resistors are connected in parallel. What is there total equivalent resistance?
a. 27 Ω
b. 32 Ω
c. 22.5 Ω
d. 14.5 Ω

5. To increase the length of a conductor would:
a. Increase resistance
b. Decrease resistance
c. Resistance remains the same
d. None of the above

6. In a parallel circuit the current is:
a. The same in all branches
b. Equal to the applied voltage
c. Smaller than any branch current
d. Divided among the parallel branches

7. In a series circuit the applied voltage is:
a. Equal to the sum of voltage drops
b. Different across each resistor
c. Dropped across the series resistors
d. All of the above


8. How much power is dissipated in a circuit containing 45 ohms resistance and drawing 3
a. 1,200 W
b. 405 W
c. 450 W
d. 1,020 W

9. In a parallel circuit the total resistance is:
a. Equal to the largest resistor
b. Equal to the smallest resistor
c. Smaller than the smallest resistor
d. Larger than the largest resistor


10. Total resistance in Figure 1 is:
a. 20.32 Ω
b. 14.11 Ω
c. 37 Ω
d. 3.93 Ω

11. Current flow through the 15 resistor in Figure 1 is:
a. 1.03 A
b. 21.3 A
c. 2.46 A
d. 11.02 A

12. Total power dissipated in Figure 1 is:
a. 123 W
b. 460 W
c. 500 W
d. 98 W



13. How many Amps flow through R1 in Figure 2?
a. 16.91 A
b. 1.03 A
c. 12 A
d. 5.67 A

14. What is the Ohm value of R1 in Figure 2?
a. 17 Ω
b. 2.12 Ω
c. 400 Ω
d. 102 Ω

15. What is the total power used by Figure 2?
a. 420 W
b. 16.8 W
c. 168 W
d. 4.2 kW

16. A 45 Ω, a 72 Ω, and a 123 Ω, resistor are connected in series across 120V battery. How
much current will flow?
a. 2 A
b. ½ A
c. 3.17 A
d. None of the above

17. Fifteen 100 Ω resistors are connected in a parallel. What is their total resistance?
a. 3 Ω
b. 1,500 Ω
c. 15 Ω
d. 6.67 Ω

18. The name of the most common meter movement for DC measuring instruments is?
a. Ohmic
b. Moving vane
c. D’Arsonval
d. Samson


19. A series DC motor should not be operated:
a. In low coal.
b. In high humidity
c. Without a load
d. In underground coal mines

20. Which of the following is not a characteristic of a DC shunt motor?
a. High starting torque
b. Constant speed
c. Parallel field and armature windings
d. High starting amperages

21. A megger is used to measure:
a. High voltage
b. High currents
c. Cable insulation resistance
d. Power dissipation

22. DC voltage:
a. Changes direction and magnitude at regular intervals
b. May change in magnitude but never direction
c. Cannot ever change in magnitude or direction
d. Has the characteristics of sine wave


23. Figure 3 is a diagram depicting a:
a. Compound DC motor
b. Series DC motor
c. Shunt DC motor
d. Three-phase DC motor



24. Total resistance for the circuit in Figure 4 is?
a. 24 Ω
b. 31.25 Ω
c. 114.7 Ω
d. 39.5 Ω

25. If 3 Amps current flow through R1 in Figure 4 what is the source voltage?
a. 118.59V
b. 96.3V
c. 12V
d. 144V

26. An electron has:
a. A positive charge
b. A neutral charge
c. A negative charge
d. No charge

27. Copper is a good electrical conductor because
a. It is difficult to remove electrons for copper atoms
b. The outer electrons are exited to zero energy very easily
c. The inner electrons are at a very high energy level
d. The free electrons are highly attracted

28. The direction of the flux lines around a current carrying conductor depends upon the:
a. Reluctance of the surrounding medium
b. Permeability of the surrounding medium
c. Direction of the flow of electrons in the conductor
d. Orientation of the conductor in the earth’s magnetic field

29. The amount of force associated with electrical charges depends upon:
a. The number of electrons present
b. The number of protons present
c. The magnitude of the difference between the electrical charges
d. The type of conductor used

30. The device used to produce EMF by the heating of a junction of two dissimilar metals is
called a:
a. Heat-generator
b. Thermo-generator
c. Thermo-couple
d. Heat-processor


31. During the charging of a lead-acid cell, a dangerously high explosive gas is emitted from the
cell. It is:
a. Methane
b. Oxygen
c. Hydrogen
d. Nitrogen

32. The three necessary ingredients for electromagnetic induction are:
a. Conductor, magnetic field, and motion
b. Generator, battery, and voltage regulator
c. Current, flux, and motion
d. Conductor, magnetic fields, and relative motion

33. The coulomb is an electrical term, which represents:
a. Resistance
b. Current
c. A quantity of electrons
d. Electrons in motion

34. The direction of movement of electrons in an electrical circuit is:
a. From a more negative to a less negative
b. From a more positive to a less positive
c. From more positive to more negative
d. From a less negative to more negative

35. Resistors are usually rated in:
a. Ohms and current
b. Watts and voltage
c. Ohms and watts
d. Current and voltage

36. Ohm’s Law may be stated in various forms; which of the following is INCORRECT:
a. E = I/R
b. R = E/I
c. I = E/R
d. E = IR

37. With a 10 ohm resistance in series with a 2 ohm resistance, the total series resistance equals:
a. 2 ohms
b. 8 ohms
c. 10 ohms
d. 12 ohms


38. A 36 ohm resistor and an 18 ohm resistor are in parallel with each other; their effective
resistance is:
a. 12 ohms
b. 18 ohms
c. 36 ohms
d. 54 ohms

39. The equivalent resistance of a parallel circuit is always:
a. Greater than the resistance of the largest parallel branch
b. Less than the resistance of the smallest parallel branch
c. Equal to the resistance of the largest parallel branch
d. Equal to the resistance of the smallest parallel branch

40. If the current through a resistor is doubled, the power dissipation of the resistor becomes:
a. One-fourth of the original consumption
b. One-half of the original consumption
c. Two times original consumption
d. Four times original consumption

41. The difference between power and energy is that:
a. Power is the time rate of doing work, while energy does not involve time
b. Energy is the time rate of doing work, while power does not involve time
c. Energy is voltage times current without regard to time
d. Power can be measured in watt-hours but energy cannot

42. The resistance of a conductor will vary:
a. Directly with length
b. Inversely with length
c. Directly with diameter
d. Inversely with temperature

43. A distinctive feature of shunt motor is that the:
a. Field current flows through the armature
b. Field is connected across the armature
c. Field is constructed of relatively large wire
d. Field voltage plus armature voltage equals line voltage

44. The basic meter movement of most measuring instruments works on the principle of:
a. Motor action
b. Generator action
c. The Thermocouple
d. The Wheatstone bridge

45. In using a voltmeter for trouble-shooting, how may the meter be connected in respect to the
a. In series
b. In parallel
c. In shunt
d. In series, parallel, or shunt








1. Q. Which of the following motors are considered to be constant or nearly constant speed?
A. Compound-wound and shunt-wound.
2. Q. The best insulator against the lines of magnetic force is:
A. Distance.
3. Q. Like poles of a magnet will:
A. Repel each other.
4. Q. Which of the following motors CANNOT
be run without a load?
A. Series-wound.
5. Q. Unlike poles of a magnet will:
A. Attract each other.
6. Q. The armature of a direct current motor, when running, generates:
A. A counter-EMF.
7. Q. A triac is?
A. A bi-directional device that can pass current in either direction.
8. Q. Which of the following is NOT
an electro-magnet?
A. A wire wound resistor.
9. Q. The specific gravity of the electrolyte of a fully charged battery should be:
A. 1.260 to 1.280.
10. Q. Storage battery charging stations must be provided with what kind of current
A. Reverse.
11. Q. The instrument used to check the electrolyte of a battery is a:
A. Hydrometer.
14. Q. A battery capable of producing 20 amperes steadily for 20 hours at 80 degrees
Fahrenheit would have an ampere-hour rating of:
A. 400 ampere-hours.

15. Q. If a short circuit occurs at the motor terminals, does the circuit breaker open or
remain closed?

A. Yes, the breaker will open because the short-circuit exceeds the setting of the breaker.
16. Q. The unit of measurement of current is:
A. Amperes.
17. Q. Power is measured with a:
A. Wattmeter.
18. Q. Resistance is measured with a:
A. Ohmmeter.
19. Q. Which of the following stays the same in all parts of a series circuit?
A. Current
20. Q. What is Ohm’s Law?
A. E=IR.
21. Q. Define current:
A. The movement of electrons in a circuit.
22. Q. Define direct current:
A. Current that flows in one direction only.
23. Q. What is the hazard of pouring water into battery acid “electrolyte”?
A. There is a hazard of blowing the contents back into your face, “explosive reaction”.

24. Q. The instant each contactor closes, the ammeter reading should:

A. Show an increase in current.
25. Q. Define direct current:
A. Current that flows in only one direction.
26. Q. The unit of measurement of resistance is?
A. Ohms.
27. Q. The contactors in this diagram close sequentially. The motor should read full voltage
when contactor:

A. C4 Closes
28. Q. When should water be added to a battery?
A. After charging
29. Q. What is the flow of electrons in a conductor?
A. Current.


30. Q. With each closing of a contactor, the motor voltage should:

A. Increase.
31. Q. What is the opposition to flow of electric current?
A. Resistance.
32. Q. What is the rate that work is done or heat is dissipated?
A. Power.
33. Q. Meter number 3 measures what?

A. Current
34. Q. When contactor “C1” closes, the motor will receive:

A. Partial voltage and partial current.

35. Q. Which current flows in only one direction?
A. Direct current.
36. Q. When contactor C1 is closed and C2, C3, and C4 remain open, the motor will be
running at what speed?

A. Slow speed.
37. Q. What is the unit of electromotive force or electric pressure?
A. Voltage.
38. Q. The unit of measurement of power is:
A. Watts.
39. Q. Define resistance:
A. The opposition to flow of electrons in a circuit.
40. Q. Current is measured with a (an):
A. Ammeter.
41. Q. Resistors are rated in ohms and:
A. Watts.
42. Q. Voltage is measured with a:
A. Voltmeter.
43. Q. Which of the following is NOT
a requirement of an explosion-proof enclosure?
A. It must prevent internal explosions.
44. Q. Which of the following is a requirement of an explosion-proof enclosure?
A. It must prevent ignition of surrounding methane atmosphere.


45. Q. Which of the following is NOT
true about electrical shocks?
A. Burns will appear only at the point where contact is made to the energized circuit.
46. Q. Chemical burns caused by battery acid should be washed with clean water for at least:
A. 15 minutes.
47. Q. What should be used in treating an eye injury caused by battery acid?
A. Clean water.
48. Q. How long should treatment for shock be continued?
A. Until the victim receives medical attention.
49. Q. The first step in treating a chemical burn, such as one caused by battery acid, is to:
A. Flush thoroughly with water.
50. Q. What is the first step in treating a chemical burn of the eye?
A. Flush the burn the clean water.
51. Q. If the victim of an electrical shock has been burned while in contact with electricity,
the first treatment you should apply, if the victim’s heart and respiratory system are still
functioning, is to:
A. Treat for physical shock.
52. Q. What is the resistance of the permissible lamp shown below?

A. 256 Ohms


53. Q. What is the voltage drop across the 64-ohm resistor?

A. 51.2 Volts
54. Q. How many watts are in one horsepower?
A. 746 watts.
55. Q. How many kilowatts are used to develop 50 horsepower?
A. 37.3 kilowatts
56. Q. What value resistor must be used as R1 in order to supply the proper
voltage in the circuit shown below?

A. 38 Ohms
57. Q. You have three 9-volt batteries. How should you connect them in order to supply
27 volts?
A. In series.


58. Q. What voltage would be read on the voltmeter connected to the circuit shown below?

A. 50 Volts

59. Q. What voltage would be required to force 10 amps through a 50-ohm resistor?
A. 500 volts.
60. Q. Find the current flow in the figure below.

A. 0.8 Amps
61. Q. What is the resistance of the lamp?

A. 909 Ohms


62. Q. What is the total voltage of eight 12-volt batteries connected in series?
A. 96 volts.
63. Q. The motor draws 32.5 amps under full load conditions. How much voltage will the
resistor R1 have to drop in order to apply proper voltage to the motor?

A. 70 Volts
64. Q. How much power will be consumed by R1? (Allow 746 watts per horsepower.)

A. 11,190 watts
65. Q. What is the value of I1 in the circuit shown below?

A. 165 Amps

66. Q. How much power will be consumed by the 4-ohm resistor in the circuit shown below?

A. 75,625 watts
67. Q. Batteries connected in parallel provide:
A. Higher current with voltage remaining the same.
68. Q. Determine the ohmic resistance and wattage rating of the resistor needed to limit

the voltage drop across the headlight to 125 volts. The headlight is rated at 150 watts.

A. 146 ohms, 210 watts
69. Q. In a parallel circuit:
A. Total resistance is less than the smallest resistor.


70. Q. What is the total resistance of four 25-ohm resistors connected in series?

A. 100 ohms
71. Q. A 1/0, 1-conductor cable is used to feed a 140 amp motor load. The resistance

of 1/0 single-conductor is 0.102 ohms per 1,000 feet. The cable is 500 feet long. What
is the voltage drop in the cable?

A. 14.28 volts
72. Q. The combined resistance of two resistors in parallel is:
A. Less than the resistance of either resistor.


73. Q. How many amps flow through the 5-ohm resistor in this circuit?

A. 2.5 amps

Q. How much power is consumed by the 10-ohm resistor?

A. 16,000 watts

What is the value of
1 in the circuit shown below?

A. 5.2 Amps

76. Q. What is the value of
3 in the circuit shown below?

A. 110 amps
77. Q. What is the total resistance of three 16-ohm resistors connected in series?
A. 48 ohms.
78. Q. If the cross-sectional area of a conductor is increased, its resistance will:
A. Decrease.
79. Q. In the circuit shown below the resistor (R1) must drop 50 volts. What should be

the ohmic value of the resistor?

A. 2 Ohms
80. Q. The longer the conductor, the greater the:
A. Resistance.


81. Q. An ohmmeter is connected as shown below. Each coil has a resistance of
2,000 ohms. What would be the approximate reading of the ohmmeter?

A. 667 ohms
82. Q. How much power is consumed by the 9-ohm resistor?

A. 13,710 watts
83. Q. How must two 12-volt batteries be connected in order to increase the current
A. In parallel.


84. Q. What is the equivalent resistance of an 8-ohm and a 12-ohm resistor connected in

A. 4.8 ohms
85. Q. What is the value of
2 in the circuit shown below?

A. 55 amps
86. Q. What voltage would be required to force 10 amps through a 20-ohm resistor?
A. 200 volts


87. Q. How much voltage will be measured at the motor terminals? Allow 4 amps per

A. 295 volts
88. Q. What is the equivalent resistance of two 8-ohm resistors connected in parallel?
A. 4.0 ohms.

89. Q. What is the total resistance of four 15-ohm resistors connected in series?
A. 60 ohms.
90. Q. What should the ammeter in this circuit read?

A. 43 amps


91. Q. How much current flows through the blower motor in the circuit shown below?

A. 0.5 amps
92. Q. The motor draws 40 amps under full load conditions. How much voltage will
the resistor R1 have to drop in order to apply proper voltage to the motor?

A. 150 volts
93. Q. What is the voltage across R1?

A. 25 volts
94. Q. Current in a series circuit:
A. Stays the same.

95. Q. Find the source current
1 in the circuit diagram below.

A. 183.0 amps
96. Q. Voltage in a parallel circuit:
A. Stays the same.
97. Q. How should the circuit below be changed in order to reverse the rotation of the motor?

A. Interchange Al and A2.
98. Q. The advantage of DC over AC is that DC offers:
A. Better speed control on motors.
99. Q. Trailing cable on DC-powered mobile haulage equipment must be at least:
A. No.4 AWG.
100. Q. The minimum allowable size of trailing cable on DC-powered mobile haulage
equipment is:
A. No.4 AWG.
101. Q. The most common reason that solid state devices fail is:
A. Heat

102. Q. The dangerously explosive gas emitted by charging a lead-acid storage battery is:
A. Hydrogen.
103. Q. The core of an electro-magnet should be made of:
A. Soft iron.
104. Q. The explosive gas that is generated when a battery is charging is:
A. Hydrogen.
105. Q. What must be provided at underground battery charging stations?
A. Ventilation.
106. Q. What is the equivalent resistance of two 16-ohm resistors connected in parallel?
A. 8 ohms.
107. Q. A 10 hp motor is connected to a 300-volt DC source through 1,200 feet of two-
conductor, number 4/0 cable. Under full load conditions, what voltage will be measured

at the motor terminals? (Resistance of 4/0 wire is 0.051 per 1,000 feet)

A. 295 Volts
108. Q. Find R3 in the circuit shown below.

A. 40 Ohms

109. Q. What is the total voltage of four 12-volt batteries connected in series?

A. 48 volts
110. Q. How much current will flow through the 30-ohm resistor?

A. 8.33 amps

Q. What is the total voltage of four 9-volt batteries connected in a series?
A. 36 volts.
112. Q. Find the total resistance of the parallel circuit shown below.

A. 5 ohms


113. Q. What resistance must be used for R1 on order to supply 100 volts to the motor
terminals? The motor draws 40 amps under full-load conditions.

A. 5 ohms
114. Q. What voltage is required to force 5 amps through a 15-ohm resistor?
A. 75 volts.
115. Q. You have three 12-volt batteries. How should you connect them in order to
supply 36 volts?
A. In series.
116. Q. Find the total resistance of the circuit shown below.

A. 30 ohms
117. Q. What is the total voltage of two 6-volt batteries connected in parallel?
A. 6 volts.


118. Q. How much voltage would be measured across R3?

A. 50 volts



We stated earlier that DC is direct current and it moves in one direction
from one point to another. AC is alternating current. The current
changes direction at regular intervals and the value is constantly

We discussed electromagnetism earlier. When a conductor moves
through a magnetic field or the magnetic field moves around the
conductor it cause current to flow in the conductor. Also if current is
flowing in a conductor it produces a magnetic field around the
conductor. This is a very significant process in AC electricity. It allows
transformers to operate. We can increase the voltage to a higher level
and reduce current and transform at the utilization area to the
operating voltage of equipment. This is why we utilize AC instead of
DC to transmit power. DC cannot be transformed because it does not
produce the varying magnetic field that is constantly in motion around
the winding of a transformer. If we used DC at the mines the cable
would be enormous in order to maintain the voltage level from outside
to the sections. Large amounts of current would be flowing and the
voltage drops would be so large it isn’t practical to utilize DC for the
distribution system.


In order to understand how the sine wave is created that we use to
describe AC electricity we must look at a simple alternator:






There is a magnetic field between the two field winding because current is flowing
through the windings (exciting current). When the rotor is position with the least
windings cutting the magnetic flux of the magnetic field we shall say there is no
current induced into the rotor at point 1. As the rotor rotates to point 2 the amount
of windings cutting the field increases until all of them are across the magnetic field.
This is the maximum current being introduced at this point. When rotor turns from
2 to 3 the amount of windings cutting the magnetic field gradually decrease until we
say there is no current flowing at point 3. Now when the rotor turns from point 3 to
point 4 it is crossing the magnetic field in an opposite direction and current reverses.
The value of current starts at zero at point 3 and increases to maximum amount at
point 4 and then starts to decrease again. When it reaches point 1 it is back to zero.
As long as the rotor rotates it will produce the current in this fashion. When the
rotor has turned one complete turn in electricity we say it has completed one cycle.


To simplify the above electricians draw or plot the cycle out in a straight line such as






There are 360 degrees in a circle and we draw it in a straight line. You see when the
rotor has turned a quarter of turn or 90 degrees the current is at its maximum
value. Then it decreases to zero again. We call this one alternation (positive
alternation) of current. When the windings are cutting in the opposite direction it
creates the negative alternation. One complete cycle is 360 electrical degrees. One
alternation is 180 electrical degrees.

If we turned the alternator at 3600 RPM it would be creating 60 of these cycles per
second and we call this frequency.
The frequency used in the United States is 60 cps
or 60 cycles per second. Another term we use to describe frequency is Hertz.

So 60 Hz is 60 cycles per second.

In a pure resistance circuit the current and voltage are on the same sine wave and
rises and falls the same.

There are four different voltages on the sine wave that you will be required to know
for the exam ( Effective, average, peak and peak to peak voltages). The following
sine wave shows where they fall on the alternations.



peak to peak


On the formula sheet that you will be given during the examination are the formulas
you will need to convert from one voltage to another. REMEMBER THE


In normal mining you do not deal with the above voltages only the
effective voltage is used. However you need to know about peak voltages, etc

because if you install a diode or someother device it must be rated for the peak
voltage of the circuit. If not the surges will short out the diode.

Effective voltage = .707 X Peak Voltage
Average voltage = .637 X Peak Voltage
Peak voltage = 1.414 X Effective Voltage
Peak to Peak = 2 X Peak Voltage


In the above we have mostly discussed single phase current. Three phase AC is used
mostly in the mines today. Components are smaller in size, less current, and less
heat. If a continuous miner was single phase the motors would be humongous for
the amount of horse power needed. In single phase we discussed the rotor turning
360 degrees and it produced on sine wave. Three phase picture three pairs of poles.
When rotor turns inside it produces three sine waves 120 electrical degrees apart.
An easy way to remember the 120 is that there are 360 degrees in a circle and divide
by three will give you 120 degrees.

Single phase has two current carrying wires. Three phase has three current
carrying wires. Remember that it takes 746 watts of power for each horsepower
regardless of voltage, phasing, etc. So each of the three phase wires will carry less

Another reason we use three phase is because of motor starting. A three phase
motor is easily started because of the phasing and rotating magnetic field. A single
phase motor must have a starting capacitor with run/start winding or be a split
phase motor etc. Some device must be installed usually a centrifugal device to drop
out the start winding. Three phase motor do not require this and are simpler to
maintain. This is why almost all large motors are three phase.

All three phase formulas use 1.732 as a constant. This is derived from the square
root of 3. (Three Wires).

Remember that there are three different sine waves 120 degrees apart current is
constantly changing in value and reversing direction at regular periodic intervals.
In a balanced three phase circuit what current is flowing one direction the same
amount of current is flowing in the reverse direction either on one or two wires.
This is why on a Wye type winding a neutral is automatically derived because the
current at the neutral has the same value in both polarity. We will discuss this
further when we get into three phase transformers.



In order to understand transformers lets review electromagnetism. We said that
when current flows through a wire it creates a magnetic field around the wire. We
also stated that if a wire is moved in a magnetic field it will produce a current. Also
if we move the magnetic field across the wire it will produce current.

In the coil above if we connect DC to it the current will start at zero and build up to the
full nominal DC current. While this current is building up to full current a magnetic
field is building up around the wire. This is the same as moving a magnetic field
across a wire. It produces current, however the current that is induced into the wire
is opposite the current that is applied to the wire from the DC source. In other
words it bucks it or holds it back. Once the applied current reaches the maximum a
field is created around the wire but it is no longer moving so the Counter
Electromotive Force that was created when current was rising disappears and the
coil is the same as a wire in the circuit. How ever any changes in the applied current
will once again produce the CEMF effect. We use these coils in DC as choke coils to
protect devices in the circuit such as solid state drive units, etc.

Now if we apply AC to the coil the magnetic field is constantly changing. If we take
another coil of wire and wrap around this coil it induces current into the second
wire because of the magnetic field expanding and collapsing around the first wire.
This is how we create a transformer. The primary and secondary coils are totally
separated from each other and only affected by the magnetic field around the coils
of wire. This is known as transformation. When AC is applied to the transformer
primary it induces a current into the secondary. When no load is applied to the
secondary the only power that is used in the system is what is needed to keep the
transformer windings excited or energized. This current is very low and we just
ignore it in calculations. However if a load is applied to the secondary windings
current starts to flow and we pull current from the source to the primary windings.
How much current will flow and the output voltage is determined by the Coil
winding ratio of the transformer. There are three types of transformers Step up,
Step down, and isolation transformers. Step up transformers increases the voltage
on the output side according to the turns ratio. Step down transformers decreases
the output voltage. Isolation transformer are used mostly for grounding isolation
purposes and the input voltage is the same as the out put voltage (Ratio 1 : 1).

A step down transformer has more windings in the primary than secondary. If it is
a Ratio of 4 : 1 this means there are 4 coils of wire in the primary for every one coil
of wire in the secondary. Step down means the voltage is decreased by four times on
the output side.

A step up transformer has more windings in the secondary than the primary. If it is
a Ratio of 1 : 4 this means there are 4 coils of wire in the secondary for every one
coil in the primary. Step up means the voltage is increased by four times on the
output side.

An isolation transformer has a ratio of 1 : 1. The input and output voltages are the

The primary and secondary windings are wires that are insulated and the wire are
wound around an iron core. The cores are laminated and normally not one piece of
steel or iron. If they are one piece it allows current to flow in the core and creates
eddy currents or hysteresis which in turn creates a lot of heat in the transformer.

In a transformer the power that is used on primary side is the same as on the output
side. You only use what you need from the utility supplying the power. Remember
that power is watts which is a relationship of voltage and current (P = E X I). So if
we step up or down the voltage we change the current to keep the power the same
on both sides. When we increase the current we must increase the wire size to keep
the transformer from burning out. In a step down transformer the secondary
windings are larger in wire size than the primary and reverse in a step up
transformer. Normally the H marked terminals are the high side and the X marked
terminals are the low side. Almost all the transformers we utilize underground are
step down so the primaries are H and secondaries are X.

The output voltage of a transformer is directly related to the Ratio. If it is a 480 volt
input with a 4:1 ratio the output is 120 volts. You can calculate the ratio of a
transformer if you know the input and output voltages by dividing the lower voltage
into the higher voltage. You must remember the power remains the same on both
input and output side of the transformer so the current is in reverse. You can figure
the currents on input or output by reversing the ratio. If the transformer is a 4:1
step down with a 480 volt input the output voltage is 120 volts however the
secondary is pulling 4 times the amount of current that is flowing in the primary.

Transformers are rated by KVA, frequency and voltage.
In AC we use the term VA instead of Watts. VA is known as apparent power and
watts is true power. We will discuss this later when we talk about power factor. In
your calculations volts times amps VA is the same as EI. Remember KVA is 1000
VA. Also remember in your exercises following that the power is the same on input
and output sides of transformer.

Another area of transformers you must learn is how to figure short circuit value of a
transformer (SC). When a short on the secondary of a transformer occurs a large
amount of current will flow. Before the protective device has time to operate it will
be subjected to all the current that the transformer can produce. The short circuit
device must be able to safely interrupt this large amount of current. This is stated
as the interrupting capacity of the device. Many workers have been seriously
burned or killed by the protective device exploding when it is not capable of
interrupting this current.


When you think about a transformer winding it is just a long continuous wire that is
coiled around an iron core. Why doesn’t it cause a short when a voltage is
connected across it? Remember that we talked about how the effect of a coil when
placed into an AC circuit. The rising and collapsing of the magnetic field produces
a CEMF that holds the current back and the wire itself has a lot of resistance. This
creates impedance in the transformer. Impedance of a transformer is expressed in
percentage. To calculate how much current a transformer can produce during a
short you will use the following formula: SC = I (full load current of transformer)
divided by the percentage of Impedance of the transformer. SC = I / %Z

The following formulas can be used to complete exercises and they will be given to
you as a handout during the state electrical exam:

Single phase formulas:


Amps when KVA is known =

Amps when HP is known =

Amps when KW is known =

KVA X 1000


HP X 746


KW X 1000














SC = I


Let’s do the following exercises to familiarize yourself with ratios, voltage, current,
and short circuit values in single phase transformers:








































The output voltages of a transformer is directly related to the turns ratio of the transformer.
By tapping into the transformer at different places on the windings we can get multiple
voltages. Probably the one you are most familiar is in your own home. The transformer
feeding your house circuit is 220 volts on the secondary side and center tapped at the middle
to get 110 volts.

center tap of coil windings

110 v

220 v

110 v

On the exam some times you will have to look at a diagram and select the terminals you
would hook to motor leads to obtain proper voltage to operate the motor. It is very simple
just add up the voltage between taps to obtain correct voltage. Below is an example:


20 v

20 v






80 v


60 v


Hook T leads up on motor to correct terminals to obtain 120 volts to operate the
motor. The voltage between terminals 1 and 4 equals 120 volts and the motor leads
should be tied to terminals 1 and 4.

As an electrician you will be required to replace a lot of control transformers in
electrical circuits. Particular attention should be placed on the diagram of the
transformer. Applying the input voltage to wrong terminals could create extremely
high voltages and incorrectly wiring the output side can cause damage and danger
to equipment and personnel.




Ratio 2:1





In the above transformer if terminals X3 and X2 are tied together and load is
hooked at X1 and X4 the load will receive a voltage of 240 volts. If X1 and X3 are


tied together and X2 and X4 are tied together then the output voltage at these two
points is 120 volts.

Probably the most confusing thing they ask on the exam about single phase
transformers is if a portion of primary winding or secondary winding shorts out
how does it affect the voltage on the output side. Once again use ratios to figure it
out. Always draw you a simple diagram and short out the side they refer to and see
how it affects output voltage.



Ratio 2:1

In the above transformer with no winding shorted out the output voltage would be
240 volts.

Now lets short out half of the primary windings this will change the ratio to 1:1,
now the output voltage is 480 volts.

If we short out half of the secondary winding the ratio will change to 4:1 and output
voltage will decrease to 120 volts.

Simply stating that if we short out or take away primary windings the output-
transformer voltage will increase., and if we take away or short out the secondary
winding output voltage will decrease. Most of the time on the exam if a person does
not draw a simple diagram, such as above and use the ratios, he will miss this

Another way many people miss questions on the exam is not reading the question
correctly. Many times they will write out the question and state transformer is
single phase and person taking the exam will use the three phase formulas. READ






Three phase transformers are three single phase transformers hooked up in a configuration
to produce three phase power. We have already stated the advantages of three phase
current. The ways we hook the single transformers are delta and wye. Another term
electricians use for a wye connected transformer is star.

Delta hooked transformer:






The lines A, B, and C are the phase wires of the three phase system. Another term used on
exam is the lines and they are what we think of as the red, black, and white wires. 1,2,and 3
represent the coil windings of three single phase transformers either primary or secondary
side hooked in a delta configuration.

If we take a look at the current coming into the transformer bank on lines a, b, or c it has two
paths to flow (through the coil windings of two transformers). We have two different
currents line current and phase current (coil winding current). We still use 1.732 as a
constant to calculate the currents. I
= I
X 1.732 or I
= I
divided by

The voltage potential between phase wires is the same potential applied across the phase
windings or coil windings. The phases are hooked directly across the coil windings.
So: Phase to phase voltage on a delta hookup is equal to phase voltage or coil winding

Wye or Star hooked transformer:








The current flowing into the transformers from the lines A, B, and C must go through a
phase winding or coil winding. It has only one path to flow. So in a wye configuration the
= I

If we look at phase to phase voltage there are two coil winding between the phases. The point
where all the coils are tied is called the neutral point. The voltage between the neutral and
phase line is called the neutral voltage. Phase to phase voltage = phase to neutral X 1.732
And phase to neutral = phase to phase divided by 1.732.

We can wire the transformers in the configuration that gives us the proper voltages we need
on the output side. The neutral point is derived by the nature of the wiring on the wye.
Where the leads of each coil windings are tied together gives us this point. However on a
delta as shown on page 61 there is no neutral point at the transformer. We must use
another device to derive this neutral. Underground we use what we call a Zig Zag
Transformer. The zig zag transformer is wound to derive a neutral point and is connected to
the transformer to conduct current back to the transformer if a ground fault occurs.
Without the zig zag we would have an ungrounded delta system which is not allowed
underground. A zig zag is hooked as shown below: